Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
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- Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Carolin Aronis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies. She studies race, gender, antisemitism, and Jewish experiences through the intersection of critical media studies, rhetoric, and technologies. Her work focuses on rhetorical and technological systems of hate and exclusion, and on the phenomenology of communication within challenging/impossible settings. Her research on current antisemitism, the exclusionary reconstruction of Jewish motherhood, the politics of liminal architecture, and the communicative practice of writing to the dead via public media has appeared in journals like Cultural Studies, Journal of Communication, Discourse & Communication, Israel Studies, Explorations in Media Ecology, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and ALCEU: Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Política (see a full list of publications below).
Dr. Aronis’ current research projects include the violence of swastikas and nooses on U.S. campuses (with Dr. Eric Aoki); the manifestations of racism in the 170-year journey of Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?,” from print to YouTube (with Dr. Natasha Shrikant and Dr. Tori Arthur); and the rhetorical (dis)positioning of antisemitism within the discourse on race and racism. She is also working on a monograph that theorizes urban liminal architecture (windows, balconies, doors, etc.) through media theory and Jewish ethics, places on the margin, where marginalized and racialized communities enact their in-between identities and sense of belonging. Her work has been recognized by the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and Western States Communication Association with Top Paper Awards and panels.
Current courses Dr. Aronis teaches are 'Ethnicity and the Media' (ETST 205), 'Introduction to Ethnic Studies' (ETST 100), 'Antisemitism Uncovered: From Rhetoric to Violence' (ETST 281A). She also plans to teach newly developed courses on Technology, Race and Gender, and on the Longing to Faraway Places.
Before joining the Ethnic Studies Department, and since 2017, Dr. Aronis has taught extensively at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder on race, gender, identity, communication technologies, and notions and practices of intersectionality, privilege, and oppression in the U.S. society. She taught courses like 'Visual Communication', 'Gender & Communication', 'Discourse, Culture, and Identities', and 'Communication, Technology, and Society'. In 2019-2021 she held a Postdoctoral position at the Department of Communication at CU Boulder.
Since 2018 she has been active in addressing the situation of the Jewish community on the CSU campus, and in the summer of 2020 was appointed the university Special Advisor on the Prevention of Antisemitism as well as the Co-Chair of the Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of the newly established Advisory Council on Jewish Inclusion under the Office of Inclusive Excellence (with Dr. Mica Glantz). In Fall 2021 Dr. Aronis served as a member of the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Drafting Committee of the CSU Courageous Strategic Transformation.
In recent years, Dr. Aronis served on the Media Ecology Association executive board, where she was in charge of all communication and media outlets and have led strategic planning and efforts on behalf of the association and field. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015), and worked in Israel as a lecturer at three academic institutions, as a journalist, and as a biographer for Holocaust survivors. She is a third-generation Holocaust survivor and identifies as a secular Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jew.
(*all publications are peer-reviewed if not mentioned otherwise)
Aronis, C. (2022 forthcoming). The smartphone camera and the reconstruction of ‘good motherhood’ in the digital age. In F. Joy Green & J. McLeod Rogers (Eds.), Parenting/Internet/Kids: Domesticating Technologies. Bradford: DEMETER PRESS.
Aronis, C. (2022). The Technological Operation of the Swastika: A Media Ecology Approach. ALCEU: Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Política, 22 (46), 96-115. *Published in both Portuguese and English: https://doi.org/10.46391/ALCEU.v22.ed46.2022.284
Aronis, C. (2022). Architectural Liminality: The Communicative Ethics of Balconies and other Urban Passages. Cultural Studies, 36(3), 475-501. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2020.1844254 – Top 4 Paper Award in Communication Theory and research, 2020 WSCA Annual Convention; Philosophy of Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention
Aronis, C. (2021). The ‘tweeting’ discourse of balconies and porches in the city: Identity politics and public speaking. In E. McClellan, Y. Shin, & C. Chandler (Eds.) Urban Communication Reader IV: Cities as Communicative Change Agents (pp. 141-162). New York: Peter Lang. – Urban Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention
Aronis, C. (2020). Antisemitism in the U.S.: New media, new semantics, new problems. ETC: A Review of General Semantics, 76 (3-4). (*A non-peer reviewed journal)
Aronis, C. (2019). Reconstructing mothers’ responsibility and guilt: Journalistic coverage of the “Remedia Affair” in Israel. Discourse & Communication, 13(4), 377-397. (https://doi.org/10.1177/1750481319842452) – Lead Article
Aronis, C. (2019). Communication as travel: The genre of letters to the dead in public media. Explorations in Media Ecology, 18(1-2), 23-42.
(https://doi.org/10.1386/eme.18.1-2.23_1) – Top Paper Award in Philosophy of Communication, 2019 NCA Annual Convention
Aronis, C. (2017). Communicative resurrection: Letters to the dead in the Israeli newspaper. Journal of Communication, 67(6), 827-850. (doi:10.1111/jcom.12334) – Lead Article
Aronis, C. (2014). Between blame and victimization: The maternal discourse in the “Remedia Affair” coverage. Megamot: Behavioral Sciences Journal, 49(3), 576–602. (In Hebrew) http://www.szold.org.il/?CategoryID=294&ArticleID=672
Aronis, C. (2010). The Tel Aviv balcony: A space of urban politics, establishing identity and communication. Social Issues in Israel, 10, 29-54. (In Hebrew)
Aronis, C. (2009). The balconies of Tel Aviv: Cultural history and urban politics. Journal of Israel Studies, 14(3), 157–180. https://www.jstor.org/stable/30245877?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents
Reprinted in M. Azaryahu & S. I. Troen (Eds.) (2011), Tel-Aviv, the first century: Visions, designs, actualities (pp. 348-372). Indiana University Press. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt16gzj6q
Aronis, C. (2018). Review of—Communication and the Baseball Stadium: Community, Commodification, fanship, and memory (Urban Communication Series), by Dale Herbeck and Susan Drucker (eds.). Explorations in Media Ecology, 17(4), 515-518.
Selected Media Appearance
Kaylor, B., Aronis named to presidential task force charged with fostering Jewish inclusion and the prevention of anti-Semitism at CSU. Communication Studies, Colorado State University. 2021
Traverso, V., Why do balconies inspire us?: Balconies have always been designed to captivate and inspire the masses. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve taken on a newfound importance. BBC Travel. 2020
Aronis, C., “Anti-Semitism in the U.S.: New Media, New Semantics, New Problems,” The Institute of General Semantics Symposium, Princeton Club, Featured Speaker, New York (YouTube). 2019
Aronis, C,. Food and Culture: Carolin Aronis – ‘Land That’s Sweet As Honey’.
USA Today, Storytellers Project. 2018
Aronis, C., Aronis on Her Newspapers and Letters to the Dead: Exploring beyond Materiality. Intelligencer, American Journalism Historians Association. 2017
Aronis, C., How has the Remedia Affair Pressured Mothers to breastfeed?, Haaretz (Hebrew). 2014
First Generation Story
Dr. Aronis is a first generation college graduate (the first in her family to earn B.A., Master’s, and Doctoral degrees) and is a first generation professor on the tenure track.
Her maternal grandparents left their schools at the age of 11 and 14 in Eastern Poland escaping the Nazis and never acquired full proper education. Her own parents, who were second generation Holocaust Survivors, graduated from high school (in Israel and in Greece) with no plans to acquire higher education. When her mother was 31 years old, she was encouraged by a friend to pursue a college degree in the evenings at the Open University. For the first time in her life, Dr. Aronis' mother owned a desk and a typewriter, and though she did not end up graduating from college, in many ways she was the first generation student model for her daughter. Dr. Aronis' mother shared ideas and experiences from the courses she took, later on inspiring Dr. Aronis' own scholarship and career path. One of Dr. Aronis’ sweetest childhood memories is falling asleep to the sound of her mother’s working typewriter.